When truth is spoken, people hear it and know it is truth. Regardless of what they say they believe, truth cannot be denied, rationalized, or explained away. I was inspired today a person’s assertion that literal interpretation of scripture, concerning our sexuality, is equal to that of whether or not we eat meat. I decided to do some research and also listen to the Holy Spirit as to how to respond to this sort of statement. I arrived at the following conclusions:
1. Leviticus 18 is an entire chapter devoted to sexuality and what is an abomination to God, with each specific instance listed clearly, concisely, and in the same chapter. God goes on to say that those who do this pollute themselves and their land.
“And if you pollute it, the land will vomit you up just as it vomited up the nations that preceded you. Those who do any of these abhorrent things will be cut off from their people. Keep to what I tell you; don’t engage in any of the abhorrent acts that were practiced before you came. Don’t pollute yourselves with them. I am God, your God.” Leviticus 18:28-30 (MSG)
(I would also note, among the sexual practices prohibited, is sex with an animal, your father or mother, sister, brother etc. So the ‘meat’ argument, at its core, is saying ALL those things are now acceptable.)
2. God also forbids the consumption of some types of meat, and therein lies the debate which many people want to make.
46-47 “These are the instructions on animals, birds, fish, and creatures that crawl on the ground. You have to distinguish between the ritually unclean and the clean, between living creatures that can be eaten and those that cannot be eaten.” Leviticus 11: 46,47 (MSG)
3. On face value, it may appear that there is confusion for us but not really. I refer to Romans 14 where it says:
Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him. Romans 14:1-3 (MSG)
A “doubtful disputation” would be a issue that has some significance but isn’t a deal breaker, like eating meat. The observance of ritual when concerning meat was based on a time before the blood of Jesus had been spent. In this chapter, and nowhere else in all the Bible, does it say that the law of our commanded behavior regarding sexuality from Leviticus 18 is rescinded. Grace and mercy came in the form of Jesus, but not the permission to openly defy the commandments of God. So yes, some things changed and some things stayed the same. There is then, in effect, no basis for believing that sexual freedom vs. a hamburger is relevant today.